UK mental health and wellness start-up Myndr has announced plans for the first in a series of national mental health conferences in which it will announce its digital mental health and wellness platform.

The Tyneside-based company will be revealing its AI-assisted app and will give guests the opportunity to hear stories from founders Lizzy Hodcroft and Emma Reilly alongside a panel of speakers.

Speaking ahead of the announcement, comedian and event host Alfie Joey, said: “I’m humbled to be part of an event that represents a breakthrough moment in mental health support in this country.

“Lizzy and Emma have dedicated their lives to this project and I’m proud that this service was born and nurtured in the North East of England.

“The road to recovery for many of us is long and getting others to talk about their issues takes time, but hopefully Myndr will help make this process that little bit easier. We can do it!”

Commenting on the upcoming event, Lizzy Hodcroft said: “Myndr X Con will follow the journey of local celebrities and business leaders through their own personal experiences with mental health issues.”

The event will also include the reveal of Myndr’s new application, which aims to change people’s lives through peer-to-peer mental health support and human-centric machine learning.

“We will be taking a deep dive into the interesting findings from our early beta testing of the platform and of course, there will be a big unveiling of the product showcasing the ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind it all,” continues Hodcroft.

“We know that 2020 has already been such a trying year for so many of us, which is why we want to open up 2021 in the right way, supporting the mental health, personal development and wellness needs of our communities.”

The conference announcement comes after the firm was awarded a £300,000 grant from Innovate UK, which will be used in the development of the application with the help of Tyneside software and app development company Komodo.

The Start-Up has also struck up a partnership with North East Housing company, Home Group, with whom it will be developing and testing the app over the coming months.

The conference will raise funds for the Sick Children’s Trust to show support for the mental health challenges that arise from a child being critically ill and in need of specialist care.

Myndr X Con will take place on the 4th February 2021 at Stage 2 within the Northumberland University campus.